Employees Donate Books to Build Home Libraries --
People’s United Bank collected and donated over 750 new and gently pre-loved books to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s Collective Impact movement, Bridgeport Prospers. The project was held in support of National Reading Month which is celebrated in March.
The collection will help to build home libraries for low-income children in the Greater Bridgeport area. The number of age appropriate books in a home is directly linked to a child’s reading success and children who are read to are more likely to develop a love of books and reading, developing early literacy skills which makes it easier for children to learn to read. In Bridgeport, only 24% of third graders are reading at grade level with studies showing that 75% of students not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade never catch up and are more likely to drop out of high school. Nationally, more than 1 in 3 children enter Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read (American Academy of Pediatrics). Reading is an essential skill for success in school and later in life.
David Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Lia Martino, Community Programs Specialist, People’s United Bank, Nancy Bigonette, Community Impact Coordinator, People’s Untied Bank, and Allison Logan, Executive Director, Bridgeport Prospers/ United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.